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Market Thoughts for June 2020

In May, we saw real progress in the coronavirus, which allowed the economy to begin reopening. Hundreds of thousands returned to work, people began to shop again, and confidence started to stabilize. In turn, U.S. markets rose to just above their long-term trend line and are now fully expecting a V-shaped recovery.

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Market Thoughts for May 2020

In April, U.S. markets were up by double digits. Still, the economic damage continued. Millions of jobs were lost, and businesses shut down. But we did see progress. The spread of the virus slowed, and testing increased. Plus, federal stimulus provided funds to individuals and businesses. The markets noted these improvements, bouncing back in April. In fact, the markets expect a full recovery in about year. Are they right?

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Coronavirus Update: May 1, 2020

We had some good news this past week in terms of the virus. The daily case growth rate dropped to under 3 percent per day, and the number of tests given per day increased. Unfortunately, there was bad news for the economy, with millions more people losing their jobs. Even here, however, there are signs that the federal stimulus programs are working, and the peak of the economic damage may be behind us. In fact, the stock market seems to think the recovery may happen sooner rather than later. It is pricing in a V-shaped recovery, with a return to something close to normal by the start of next year.

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Coronavirus Update: April 24, 2020

Today, I'd like to discuss where we are in the coronavirus crisis and what that means for the economy and markets. We’ve seen significant progress in terms of the virus, with the daily case growth rate dropping below 4 percent for several days in a row. Further, the number of tests given has risen from about 150,000 to 300,000 per day. As we turn to the economy, the news is more of a mixed bag. Jobless claims are still very high, although this damage may have started to peak. Plus, with measures like the Paycheck Protection Program and stimulus checks, both individuals and businesses are getting some much-needed relief.

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